Georgia Center For Resources & Support

January 2020
ADOPTION LAW NEWSLETTER

Applying for a New Social Security Number After an Adoption
 

Congratulations on the finalization of the adoption of your minor child.  While it likely was a long arduous process, be careful not to relax too much now that you have finalized your adoption.  There still remains at least one more item on your post adoption check list to cover, and that is obtaining a new Social Security Number for your child.
 
The Social Security Administration Guidelines have changed in recent years and allow any child that is adopted to obtain a new Social Security Number after an adoption. Significantly, there are no exclusions for older children or children adopted by grandparents. Also, the mandatory in-person interview conducted when an applicant is twelve or older and applying for an original Social Security Number does not apply to adopted children applying for a new Social Security Number.  However, one of the few remaining exclusions is that adults who are adopted cannot receive new Social Security Numbers. 
 
Once the Final Adoption Order is signed by the judge, and the child's new birth certificate is received, you should immediately make plans to head to the local Social Security Administration Office in order to obtain a new Social Security Number for your child. 
 
It is recommended to obtain a new Social Security Number to prevent fraud, misuse of your child’s identity, and harassment from former family members or caregivers.  

A Social Security Number is necessary to:  

  • Claim your child as a dependent on your income tax return; 
  • Open a bank account for your child; 
  • Buy savings bonds for your child’s future; 
  • Start a college fund for your child’s educational needs; 
  • Get healthcare coverage for your child; and
  • Apply for state or federal governmental benefits for your child.

Your child may or may not already have a Social Security Number.  However, it is likely that your child’s birth mother filled out an application for a number at the hospital where she gave birth and a Social Security Card was mailed to her. In this case, the new Social Security Number will replace the former one. Notably, when dealing with child applications for new numbers, Social Security Administration Guidelines advise personnel at field offices to walk through the application process slowly and carefully, as if the parents were applying for a number for their child for the very first time.
 
The application for a new Social Security Number for your child must be made in person at your local Social Security Office. The field office for the Atlanta area is located at 401 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia. For additional locations, the Social Security Administration provides an online tool to search by zip code, accessible at this link: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.
 
When applying in person for your child’s Social Security Number, you will need to bring with you the birth certificate that you received after the adoption was finalized and a certified copy of the Final Order of Adoption. You will also need to provide proof of your own identity. Your driver's license and passport are both acceptable forms of ID. You will also need to fill out Form SS-5, which can be found online (www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf).
 
After the application for a new Social Security Number is submitted, it can take between six to twelve weeks to obtain the new Social Security Number and Card. If tax season is looming and you need to claim child-related tax breaks before the new Social Security Number arrives, you may obtain a temporary Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) by completing IRS Form W-7A (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7a.pdf). The ATIN can be used for two years or until the Social Security Number is provided, whichever occurs first. 
 

For more questions, contact attorney Christina E. Campbell, who has the experience and training to help you navigate the adoption process, at (404) 981-5257.  

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COVID-19 Resource Page Now Available

 

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) have published a webpage with information and resources specific to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). 

This page provides access to:

  • Measures to address COVID-19 in your community
  • Information for higher-risk and special populations
  • Information specifically related to domestic and international travel
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Supporting children and youth experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Caring for children in a disaster
  • National disaster resources
  • Disaster technical assistance center information
  • Public health emergency information 

The webpage may be accessed at: www.rhyttac.net/covid-19 

This webpage will be updated as new information become available. If you have any questions, please email the RHYTTAC team at info@rhyttac.net

 

SUPPORTING ONSITE LEARNING FOR VIRTUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (SOLVE)

Purpose

Provide scholarships for families with students enrolled in a Georgia public school system offering only a virtual learning model. Scholarships support working families with children ages 5-12 (kindergarten through grade 6) by paying for care, supervision, and support during the school day while students are engaged in virtual learning.

Basics

·         SOLVE will provide financial assistance to qualifying families in the form of a “SOLVE Scholarship.”

·         Scholarships are awarded to families who meet income and approved activity requirements and have a child(ren) aged 5-12 enrolled in a school system offering only a virtual learning model.

·         SOLVE Scholarships can be used at licensed child care learning centers, family child care learning homes, and providers with an approved day camp exemption.

·         The Scholarship will be good for three months, but may be extended if the school system continues to offer only a virtual learning model.

·         Families may receive a SOLVE Scholarship for any eligible child.

Funding and Administration

·         The program is part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding allocated to Georgia through the CARES Act and is in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

·         SOLVE is administered by the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program located within the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).

How to Apply (Beginning in September)

·         Families can search for child care now at www.qualityrated.org and apply through undefined starting September 1.

·         Providers should update their information, including offering care for distance learners, at undefined

·         Questions? Call us at 1-833-442-2277, Go to our Contact Us page, or E-mail solve@decal.ga.gov

Childcare scholarships available to some virtual school families

ATLANTA - Virtual learning has no doubt caused financial hardships for some families. For many, it means updating equipment, buying desks, and taking on a new childcare bill. But help is on the way.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is offering scholarships for families who have to send their children to e-school at a childcare center.

It’s called the SOLVE Scholarship: Supporting Onsite Learning for Virtual Education. It’s a scholarship for Georgia public school children who are part of a virtual learning model right now.

Reported by FOX 5 Atlanta

SOLVE Documents

·         SOLVE Program FAQs

·         DECAL Download - Georgia's SOLVE Program Podcast

·         SOLVE Flyer

·         SOLVE Handout

·         Family Eligibility Requirements for Georgia SOLVE